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New Year’s Eve dance in Wallis

The Wallis Knights of Columbus will hold a New Year’s Eve Dance with Al Sulak and the Country Sounds at the Wallis Columbus Club Hall. For reservations or more information, call Lefty at 281-384-4546 or Don at 979-478-6684.

First Day Hike at state park

Stephen F. Austin State Park will hold a Ranger-led First Day Hike Jan. 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Hikers should bring comfortable walking shoes and drinking water.

Produce truck in Wallis

The Houston Food Bank Produce Truck will be in Wallis at the American Legion Hall, 300 Legion Road, on Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. The produce is free to anyone living in Austin County. There will also be someone to assist anyone that needs help with applying or renewing SNAP (food stamps) or children’s Medicaid/CHIP.

KJT Society plans party

KJT Society No. 80 will hold an After Christmas Party and meeting, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Center.

Sports Fest, Casino Night

The 17th Annual KC Sports Fest & Casino Night will be held Jan. 9 at the Sealy Knights of Columbus Hall.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Stew meal served. Drawing for 60 guns. $25 per ticket. Contact Larry at 713-296-9387 regarding tickets.

Pancake supper at American Legion

Sealy American Legion Post 442 will host an all-you-can-eat pancake supper from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8. The meal is $10 and children 6 and under eat free.

Texas Master Naturalist course

The Gideon Lincecum Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will begin its certification training course in January 2016. Participants will learn from expert and talented specialists and educators about Texas eco-regions; native fauna and flora identification; preservation and conservation techniques; and natural resources management in our region of Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Washington counties. Register at txmn.org/glc. For more information, call Jerry Gips at 979-378-2938 or Cindy Hobbs at 979-338-9374.

Blood drive at St. John’s in Cat Spring

St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 4-8 p.m. For more information or to reserve a time slot, call Frances Sechelski at 979-865-5676.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Focusing Families dinner, auction

Focusing Families will hold its annual fundraising dinner and auction on Friday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Austin County Convention and Expo Center at the fairgrounds in Bellville. Entertainment will be provided by Susie McEntire, sister of Reba McEntire. As a survivor of domestic violence, she is also the speaker at the dinner. Call 979-826-3290 for ticket information.

Soup supper at St. John’s

The Women’s Organization of St. John Cat Spring will host its third annual all you can eat soup supper on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Sealy class reunions

The Sealy High School classes of 1985-1988 will hold a reunion on Feb. 6, 2016. More information can be found on the Facebook page, “Sealy High School Reunion 1985, 1986, 1987 & 1988.”  Also, more details will be posted in the newspaper at a later date.

Rotary Club of Sealy

The Rotary Club of Sealy meets every Tuesday at noon at Tony’s Family Restaurant. Judge Ken Wise will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 5 meeting.

Gently used items needed

The Sealy American Legion is in need of gently used shower chairs, bathtub transfer benches, elevated commode seats, four-wheeled seated walkers, wheelchairs, walkers, reachers, and canes of all kinds. Sealy’s American Legion has served the Sealy community in this outreach program for many years. They lend the above-mentioned items out for the length of time needed. Gently used items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Texas Home Health, located at 324 Meyer Street, in Sealy.

Foster families needed in county

As the calls regarding child abuse and neglect increase, foster families are needed for foster children. Information meetings are held on a monthly basis in the Houston region. For more information call 713-394-4234 or go to www.dfps,state,tx.us/Adoption_and Foster_Care/get_Started/Information_Meetings/.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Austin County would like to partner with a family to build a small, low-cost home in Sealy. Qualified families must be able to help build the home and to repay the zero interest mortgage. The home will be two bedrooms with one bath. Applications are available at the Library and the Chamber of Commerce and include information about income guidelines and other criteria. For more information contact Habitat at 979-865-2855.

Mentor volunteers needed

Raising Academic Performance (RAP) is in need of mentors for Sealy ISD students. These students are 5-18 years old and are seen by mentors from 30 minutes to one hour per week.  Mentors encourage students to do better in school, have fun with them and help equip them for life by being positive role models. We provide training and ongoing support. Make a positive impact on a child’s life by becoming a mentor. Please call Michelle Maderer at 281-948-2527 or email mmaderer1@yahoo.com.

Sealy Playtime

Sealy Playtime is being offered for Sealy and area “seasoned” adults every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hill Community Center in Sealy. There are games including dominos, checkers, Scrabble, Clue and many board games. There’s also free coffee, iced tea, hot tea, hot chocolate or bottled water. There is no charge to Sealy residents ages 62 and older, however, donations are encouraged and appreciated. For more information, call Frank Lemanski at 979-716-8976.

Seniors, RSVP wants you

Help mentor a child, feed the hungry, help the abused and neglected, learn disaster preparedness, and prevent Medicare fraud with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). This is a non-profit organization serving Austin, Colorado and Waller counties. With RSVP, you receive orientation, training from the organization where you serve and an invitation to the annual Celebration of Volunteerism event. Volunteer as little as a one hour a month and up to 40 hours a week. There is no cost to volunteer with RSVP. For more information about volunteering, call Mary Martin, (979) 398-9549 or email mmartin@erjcchouston.org.

Masonic Lodge

The San Felipe Masonic Lodge No. 239 meets every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at 1224 Eagle Lake Road. For more information, call 885-6203 or go online to www.sanfelipe239.org.

Alzheimer’s caregiver support

The Alzheimer’s Association of Houston and Southeast Texas will sponsor Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group meetings. The meetings will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 311 Sixth St. in Sealy. The group will help caregivers understand Alzheimer’s, cope with changes and learn to manage everyday life. For more information, contact Eric LeBrocq at (713) 398-8200.

Free lawyer time

Visit with a lawyer at Newman’s Bakery in Bellville every Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Austin County Bar Association.

Jail museum offers exhibits

The Austin County Jail Museum is a local visitor attraction open Saturdays and manned by volunteers. Anyone interested in hosting tours at the jail museum one Saturday per month, please contact Becky Larson at (979) 877-8814. Volunteers will be given an orientation to begin. This historical county landmark in Austin County is a visitor’s treasure. The exhibits are fun and educational. For more information contact Larson at (979) 877-8814 or Austin County Judge Tim Latham’s office at (979) 865-5911.

Story time

The Virgil and Josephine Gordon Memorial Library is hosting story time every first and third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 917 N. Circle Drive in Sealy. For more information, contact Joyce Williams at (979) 885-7469.

Inkjet recycling

Gordon Memorial Library is now collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. The library receives up to $4 for each cartridge recycled. Cartridges can be deposited in the collection bin located in the library. Simply place the old cartridge in a plastic sandwich bag and deposit it in the collection bin. Recycling inkjet cartridges has a positive impact on the environment. For information on the brands accepted by the library, call (979) 885-7469.

HOA volunteers needed

Helping One Another (HOA) Meals on Wheels needs caring volunteers to assist with delivery of meals to its many senior citizens. Volunteers perform a very special role in meeting the needs of seniors. While volunteers receive no pay, they do receive a richer reward when they see the smiling faces of area seniors. It only takes one hour per week to accomplish a very special service. Volunteers are special people. To volunteer, contact HOA Meals on Wheels at (979) 885-4188.

Sealy VFD needs volunteers

Looking for a demanding, challenging and exciting experience? Join the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department and give back to fellow citizens in their greatest time of need. The department is currently recruiting volunteers. Visit the department at sealyfire.com or call (979) 885-2222.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. at St. John Episcopal Church, Hwy. 36 and 6th Street.

American Legion boxes

Sealy American Legion Auxiliary Post 442 is collecting items for boxes to be sent to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations overseas. The auxiliary is also looking for soldiers to send boxes to. To make a donation or let the auxiliary know of a soldier a box can be sent to, call Heather Smith at (979) 885-4802. Boxes are sent every three to four months, with the next shipment to be sent in one to two months.

St. Paul Bible study

St. Paul AME Church is hosting Bible study every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Rev. Alma Phillips is the pastor.

Seniors Day Out

The Willis-Andrews Missionary Society Senior’s Day Out program is held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church, 400 San Felipe Road.

Charity’s Animal Rescue and Shelter

Charity’s Animal Rescue and Shelter (CARS) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 animal shelter serving Austin County. They encourage anyone considering adopting their next pet to do so from their local animal rescue. Visit www.cars.petfinder.com to see all the dogs and cats CARS currently have available for adoption.

Christian Motorcyclists Association

Christian Motorcyclists Association hosts Christian fellowship with the Katy Highway Disciples the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Luby’s, located at 458 S. Mason Road in Katy for breakfast. The cost is about $9 a person buffet style. Breakfast is not required. Those with sports bikes, cruisers, trikes and scooters are invited to ride with the group. After the meeting, the road captain will announce a trip destination so guests should have their bikes fueled in advance. There is a slower ride for senior riders.

CoDa meeting

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa) is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Bellville’s CoDa meeting will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Learning Center at 936 Front Street on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. For more information, call (979) 865-9560.

Computer classes

Career and Recovery Resources Inc. will offer a basic computer literacy training session at the United Way Service Center in Brookshire. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no cost to enroll, but pre-registration is required. To register, call Deborah or Alton Tallman at (281) 822-4210.

Early Childhood Intervention

When it comes to child development, getting help early is best. Region III Education Service Center Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) provides support and services to families with children ages birth to three with developmental delays and disabilities. For questions or concerns about a child’s development, call the program service center at (888) 909-3512. ECI screenings and evaluations are at no cost to families.

Food Addicts in Recovery

Food Addicts in Recovery meets every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Christian Faith Church, 520 South St. in Bellville. For more information, call (979) 830-3483.

Head Start

Met Head Start of Sealy is always in need of volunteers throughout the year to assist in the classroom, kitchen and with janitorial responsibilities. Head Start is also accepting applications for children for 2008-09. Please contact Matt Schaeffer at (979) 885-3874 if interested.

Single in Sealy

Singles in Sealy meet every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Cazadores Restaurant.

WIC services offered

The Women Infants and Children’s (WIC) program, located at 526 Ward St. in Sealy, serves pregnant women, women who have just had a baby, women that breastfeed and infants and children up to the age of 5 years. The program also provides nutrition and breastfeeding education an counseling. WIC also provides referrals for health care, benefits that allow for the purchase of nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, cereal, beans tuna, etc. For more information, call (979) 885-0517.

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous (EA) meets weekly on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Call Christie for location at (979) 398-0973. Everyone is welcome. There are no dues or fees required to attend. EA offers a 12-step program to help people cope with stress in daily living and to live a healthier emotional life. EA is not affiliated with any other organization. The program is open to anyone who has a desire to become emotionally well. Members attend for various reasons, among them depression, anxiety, relationship problems and other emotional difficulties.

Contact us

To contact The Sealy News editorial department, call (979) 885-3562, e-mail reporter@sealynews.com or editor@sealynews.com or fax News Bits to 979-885-3564.

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